Jamie O’Hara has expressed his shock at Arsenal making Matteo Guendouzi train alone and remembered what it was like being cast aside during a similiar scenario at Wolves.

Guendouzi angered manager Mikel Arteta with his behaviour in a 2-1 defeat at Brighton a fortnight ago, so much so he hasn’t been involved in the first-team set up since.

Arteta appears to have lost his patience with Guendouzi
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The Gunners are now believed to be open to selling the France Under-21 international following a series of bust-ups with Arteta, who is thought to have made him train by himself. O’Hara believes Arsenal should give him a second chance.

“He’s still got a lot to learn, but I think he’s a fantastic player. I think he brings a lot to Arsenal,” the former Premier League midfielder told talkSPORT Breakfast.

“When they signed him, he was a big plus for them. To make him train on his own is a strange one for me.

“That type of situation does break you, as mentally it’s a very tough thing to deal with. I’m surprised they’re doing that to him because he’s a young lad.

“It happened to me at Wolves and I done it for a while when they obviously wanted to get rid of me. And it broke me – it broke me badly. It was like cutting your legs off.

Guendouzi clashed with Brighton ace Neal Maupay last month
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“All you want to do is play football and all you want to do is be involved with a team and be involved with the squad.

“Being made to train on your own was horrible, so I’m surprised they’re doing that to him.

“Mentally that will be hard for him, so I think he’ll definitely need some help with that. I think they should be supporting him.

“He might be a bit arrogant and mouthy on the pitch, but he’s still a fantastic player for Arsenal.”

Big things were expected from O’Hara when he arrived at Molineux in a £3.5million move from Tottenham in June 2011 following a successful loan spell.

Things soon turned sour though, and after a series of injuries and back-to-back relegations, he was made available for transfer two years later.

O’Hara struggled with depression after being banished altogether at Wolves
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The 2012/13 campaign proved to be another difficult one for him, as he eventually left the club by mutual consent in August 2014.

Detailing how his Wolves career came to a rather unsavoury end, O’Hara explained: “Their intention was to get me out of the football club.

“That was the whole reason why they did that [made him train alone]. We had got relegated and I’d been injured, so things weren’t going well for me.

“I was on good money and the club wanted me out. I was more than happy and prepared to go, but the problem was you’ve got to find someone to take you as well.

“I’d gone through a bad patch in my career where things weren’t going well for me, so no-one was willing to take the risk – especially with the wages I was on.


“I was basically cast aside. For a whole season I really, really struggled. It broke me. I had weekends off and that was the worst thing for me, because growing up every Saturday was game day.

“I trained on my own and wasn’t allowed in the ground until 3pm in the afternoon.

“That period gave off a bad impression of what I was about and I think people have come to see I’m not that sort of person now.

“I was always one of the jokers and was heavily involved in the golf groups and stuff like that, so it hard when I just got cast aside.

“It really wasn’t easy, so I hope they’re not going to do that to Guendouzi over a long period of time.

“He’s still only 21 and you’re making him train on his own? That’s tough, mentally.

“If they’re doing it to teach him a lesson, I can kind of understand it but he’s still a young lad.”




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